Former restaurant to become banquet hall
A view of the Warfield House Inn's gazebo and pavilion, which is a popular spot for weddings during summer and fall.
The picturesque Warfield House Inn in Charlemont, with its mountaintop views, will reopen for weddings, reunions, business conferences and other special events — but not as a conventional restaurant. The property also houses a 12-room bed-and-breakfast.
The establishment’s long-time owner, John Warfield Glaze, 89, died in early January and his son, Jeff Glaze, has inherited the inn. Jeff Glaze lives in Westfield and is the president of a software company there.
“My father operated this restaurant out of his love for the farm and belief that this location would attract enough visitors to turn a profit,” Glaze told the staff at a recent appreciation dinner.
“We believe that our best opportunity for success is to continue hosting weddings, family reunions and other special events.”
“We are honored to have a long legacy on this farm, and hope to continue the legacy by building a successful special events business,” he said.
The Warfield Inn already has “a steady stream of weddings” scheduled to be held there in the summer and fall, he said.
Besides hosting business conferences, meetings and retreats, the facility will continue to open for public events, such as an annual Easter egg hunt and brunch, and a Mother’s Day dinner — but by advance reservation only.
The special events give fans of the restaurant an opportunity to come back to dine from a fixed menu at a reserved time. “That way, we don’t over-buy or under-buy food, we know how much staff we will need,” explained Ashley Brown, general manager and innkeeper.
The restaurant, located within the 530-acre Valley View Farm, was closed in 2007, then re-opened in 2010. Over the last few years, a large farmhouse and a bungalow on the property have been converted into bed-and-breakfast lodgings, with 12 guest rooms.
Also a network of mountain bike trails which run through terrain from Zoar Outdoor, through Valley View Farm, up to Berkshire East has been put in by the New England Mountain Bike Association. Hikers, snowmobilers, and biking enthusiasts can use these trail systems, Brown said.
The Warfield House will again be putting on a pasta buffet for participants in this year’s Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon on April 5.
“We’re also open for all kinds of events — baby showers, business retreats, parties — even for groups as small as 10 to 15, if we know ahead of time. We’re going to evaluate what we need and what we’re going to do,” she said.
The farm has been in the Warfield family since 1873, and is still a working farm, with a sugar house and livestock, including cattle and sheep.
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